Family sues over death of man killed in group care home

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The family of Joseph Adam Lynch has filed a lawsuit against Mountain View Ranch Residential Care and the Kern Regional Center for the wrongful death of Joseph Adam Lynch, their attorney announced Wednesday.

Their claims arise out of an incident that took place on July 9, when Joseph Adam Lynch died at KMC. Deputies said he assaulted a staff member of Mountain View Ranch Residential Care, who restrained him.

READ | Man at group home dead after assaulting staff member: http://bit.ly/1eERmQl

The Kern County Coroner ruled Lynch's death a homicide by asphyxiation.

READ | KCSO: Man assaulted staff a group home, died by asphyxia: http://bit.ly/14Eu6we

The complaint has been filed in Kern County Superior Court by the family’s attorneys and seeks damages on behalf of Adam’s mother, Loida Lynch, and his two siblings, Amanda Lynch and Jeremy Lynch.

Attorneys said at the time of this incident, Lynch was a developmentally disabled dependent adult diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome and under the 24-hour custodial care of Mountain View Ranch Residential Care.

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